Groups File Lawsuit Over Civil Unions Veto

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July 31, 2010

7/29/2010

"A group of supporters for civil unions filed a lawsuit against Gov. Linda Lingle on Thursday.

"The complaint filed in circuit court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and Lambda Legal argues that the state violates the constitution by denying same sex couples the rights and protections currently available to heterosexual couples through marriage.

"'The courts exist to ensure that everyone has the same basic rights, whether they are the majority or whether they are a small minority like lesbian and gay families, like the families standing here today,' said Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal senior counsel."

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